Trung Nam coconut croissant: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15
|Expand your plain/chocolate/almond horizons: the coconut croissant.|
Almond filling adds an element of sophistication; chocolate a certain hedonism. But coconut? Croissants stuffed with those sweet, tropical shavings are harder to find at most bakeries. Fortunately, Trung Nam is an exception.
Much like the banh mi, which Trung Nam also makes, the coconut croissant is a French bread with Vietnamese influence. These glisten with the faintest sugary glaze, which is strategically placed on the crust to make a first impression with the tongue. The coconut filling, too, has a just-sweet-enough quality, and adds chewy contrast to the croissant's flaky layers. Save your sugar--and caffeine--rush for the turbo-charged Vietnamese coffee.
Trung Nam French Bakery
739 University Ave W., St. Paul